C-type paper description

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Gives a natural feel and accurate reproduction to an image. 

The most versatile paper all round paper for framing, working well under standard or anti-reflective glass.

Great versatile paper, very natural and works well with all photographic images. Maintains colours in a very natural way, giving a detailed, 3-dimensional beautiful photographic reproduction. Our most popular choice. 




High- deep blacks and added visual contrast when compared to Fuji Matt. 

Looks best with Anti-reflective glass recommended due to the glossy nature of the paper. 

Gives your image more contrast, glossiness and a punchier colour feel when compared to Fuji Matt, although it maintains tonal properties and accurate reproduction. 




Very high - deep blacks & high visual contrast.

Looks best with Anti-reflective glass recommended due to the highly glossy nature of the paper. 

A plastic paper base with a fantastic super glossy finish for maximum colour vibrancy, giving a strong pop to the image. 




High - midtones & highlights added luminosity & irredenscence. 

Looks best with Anti-reflective glass recommended due to the highly glossy nature of the paper.

The metallic luminescence gives the paper a shine and adds a crispness and contrast to the images. A real crowd-pleaser, yet could not be described as a natural look when compared to Fuji Matt.

C-type comparison table

paper icon Paper

  • Fuji Matt
  • Fuji Gloss
  • Fuji Flex
  • Kodak Metallic

durability icon Durability

  • Highest durability
  • High durability
  • Medium durability
  • Medium durability

finish icon Finish

  • Slight sheen / satin
  • Gloss
  • High gloss
  • Gloss

weight icon Weight

  • 231 gsm
  • 246 gsm
  • 255 gsm
  • 242 gsm

whiteness icon Whiteness

  • bright white
  • bright white
  • warm white
  • Slight Silver metallic

Photographic printing choices


Sara Al Obaidly


Professional Photographer, Fuji Matt

'My self-initiated projects aim to present a truth, exposing a reality that is unshielded and therefore authentic. With this in mind, colour is very important within my imagery, it is essential for me to source a paper that reflects my subject matter and for this I use the Fuji Matt C-type paper. I enjoy working with soft tones and gradients, tending to focus on minimal compositions. I find that this stock carries colours and details well even if the gradient is subtle. I prefer to use matt rather than gloss to ensure that I retain realism within my work, I also find that it translates well across both my portraiture and landscape imagery, tying my series work together.'

Richard Waite


Professional Photographer, Fuji Gloss

'I have had superb results from Fuji c-type gloss in particular for my architectural and commercial clients, they are very discerning when it comes to quality and they love the tonal range, sharpness and depth that this paper gives, particularly in large scale installations. I soft-proof my digital files using a colour calibrated monitor and I have to say that the c-type gloss gives a very impactful result with total accuracy from screen to print.'



Professional Photographer, Kodak Metallic

'I recently used the C-type Metallic paper while printing black and white images for my exhibition and they were just gorgeous. This style gives an illuminated finish with remarkable depth, creating a beautiful 3D effect to the images. The images reflected beautifully and I have used them in 3 exhibitions over the past year and a half.'

Richard Seymour


Professional Photographer, Fuji flex

'I've found theprintspace can be trusted to deliver the best possible print quality every time. The Fuji Flex paper that I specify works incredibly well with the kind of hard edged, technology-based subject matter I tend to shoot. It has real depth and sharpness, with a luxurious deep gloss that gives images a 3 dimensional feeling, whilst retaining bold, dramatic tones and contrast. There simply isn't a better paper for me.'

Giclées & C-types are different print processes, one created with archival pigment inks and the other through photographic exposure

  • C-types: used mainly by photographers, although occasionally by other visual artists looking for a unique effect. The papers are coated and the prints have a very rounded and photographic feel.
  • Giclées: the preferred choice of illustrators, fine artists, painters, graphic designers and most other other visual artists. Also regularly used by photographers because of the paper textures and art & crafts feel.

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C-types vs. Giclee Prints

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C-Type Printing FAQ

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Why choose professional C-type over standard high-street prints?

This article tells you everything about the professional C-type printing process. In particular, it looks at the differences between pro-lab C-types and the sort of prints you can get from a high-street lab. Not all C-types are created equal, so make sure you’re getting the best with our list of the four most important features of a professional C-type photographic print.

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So, what are C-type prints? It’s basically the darkroom in the Digital Age – true photographic prints made using chromogenic materials and processes but with the light source coming from a digital file, rather than directly from a negative. Light sensitive silver halide paper is exposed using an LED or laser light source and put through a conventional chemical developing process. There are four main differences between a pro-lab C-type versus a high-street grade print:

Print resolution and colour range

There are hundreds of C-type printing machines out there, each with varying output qualities and imaging accuracy. Here at theprintspace we use Chromira ProLab and RA4 machines with state-of-the-art patented light emitting diode technology, allowing ultra-fine imaging resolution and optimal colour reproduction across the spectrum. In combination with the pro-grade archival papers we use, our Chromiras allow us to create brilliant, flawless photographic prints to the highest standards achievable with today’s technology.

Archival quality

Paper type plays an important role in the archival quality of the final print. Cheaper papers produce prints with a lower archival lifespan. Here at theprintspace we’ve hand-picked the 4 best-in-class professional archival photographic papers to ensure the maximum achievable archival lifespan for your print. See the next article for more information on choosing the right C-type photographic print for your particular image.

Perfect colour accuracy

Most high-street labs apply pre-set colour corrections to all the prints they produce to create the more saturated effect preferred by many amateur photographers. Here at theprintspace, we give full control to you, the photographer, allowing you to realise your artistic vision, free of interference. Our print profiles are created by our own in-house colour scientist (available for download here), allowing you to soft proof your images in Photoshop before you print. In combination with our peerless colour management processes, including daily calibration of all of our machines, this ensures that what you see on your screen is always guaranteed to be faithfully reproduced in your final print.

Large format printing

Another benefit of pro-lab C-types is print size. Our Chromira machines are capable of printing up to 50 inches (127 cm) on paper rolls up to 50 meters, so truly enormous, high impact photographic prints are achievable.

Why choose C-type prints over Giclée?

The choice of print you opt for is dictated by your image and the effect you wish to achieve with the final print. For more information for why you might choose Giclée versus C-type, see our Giclée printing page. In this article we focus on the strengths of the C-type printing process.

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Real photographic prints

Unlike Giclée prints, which are essentially high quality inkjet prints, C-types are produced by a chemical process on light sensitive archival photographic papers. So in this sense, a C-type is what you might call a true photographic print, producing a rich traditional feel in the final print. For this reason, whereas Giclées are more popular with our illustration clients, C-types are often the go-to choice for photographers.

Tonal resolution

C-type printing is a continuous tone process where colours are rendered at the molecular level during the chemical process (as opposed to Giclée where ink is applied in dots by the inkjet nozzles). This means C-types are capable of reproducing a much more refined tonal range (up to 16 million colours per square inch, compared to Giclée’s 256 colours per square inch). As a result, C-type prints are superior to Giclée prints at handling subtle total changes, such as skin tones. This is also especially noticeable in darker tones where you can achieve superior definition with a C-type print.

Framing and mounting flexibility

C-type papers are better suited to mounting applications. If you’re planning to mount your print with Acrylic Reverse for example, you’ll need to use Fuji Crystal Archive Matt or Gloss. For more information, see our guide on which print papers work best with different mounting options.

What C-type paper should I choose for my print?

Here at theprintspace we have a choice of 4 different C-type printing papers: 3 Fuji Crystal Archive papers, Matt, Gloss, Flex and Kodak Endura Metallic. Each paper has its own unique characteristics which how your image will look in print, so it’s very important to make the right choice for your particular image.

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Fuji Crystal Archive Matt

Roll width (maximum print width): 50” (127 cm)

Roll length (maximum print length): 1,950” (50 m)

Weight: 274 GSM

Texture: Smooth with a slight gloss finish

Use notes: Very natural photographic finish with subtle colour. Our single most popular paper with professional photographers.

Fuji Crystal Archive Gloss

Roll width (maximum print width): 50” (127 cm)

Roll length (maximum print length): 1,950” (50 m)

Weight: 274 GSM

Texture: Very smooth with a high gloss finish

Use notes: Same colour gamut as Fuji Matt but the glossy surface accentuates the colour to give a brighter, more punchy, rich feel to the prints.

Fuji Crystal Archive Flex

Roll width (maximum print width): 50” (127 cm)

Roll length (maximum print length): 1,950” (50 m)

Weight: 274 GSM

Texture: Very smooth with a ultra-high gloss finish

Use notes: Has a wider colour gamut than Matt or Gloss. The "Super-gloss" finish and warm base colour of the paper produces luxurious rich colours suited to vibrant punchy images.

Fuji Crystal Archive Flex

Roll width (maximum print width): 50” (127 cm)

Roll length (maximum print length): 1,950” (50 m)

Weight: 274 GSM

Texture: Very smooth with a ultra-high gloss finish

Use notes: Rich, more reflective metallic base due to higher silver content. Gives colours a reflective, metallic and 3-dimensional feel. Suits punchy colourful images. Often used to gives a different, more modern, silvery look to black & white prints.

To find out the best paper type for your image, you can download our colour profiles and soft proof your image in Photoshop. You can also order a print sample pack with all 7 of our Giclée papers and our 4 C-type papers.

I’m new to this - how do I order a C-type print?

Here at theprintspace we’re absolutely obsessed with producing the perfect print every time. For those in the know, our fanaticism over colour accuracy is second-to-none amongst UK pro-labs. This article tells you everything you need to know to join theprintspace experience!

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Samples & test prints

To really appreciate the feel and quality of each our professional papers, and help you choose the perfect option for your image, you can order a print sample pack online containing all of the 7 Giclée and 4 C-type papers we use at theprintspace. We also offer very reasonably priced test strips either online or in-house so you can see your image on your chosen paper before you commit to producing your final print.

One-on-one advice

You can also call us or visit our Shoreditch Studios for personal one-on-one advice. Under the guidance of our own in-house colour scientist, our highly trained and knowledgeable production team, all of whom are photography or art graduates, are here to assist you every step of the way. We’re open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday to Friday.

Preparing your files for print

For beginners, you can prepare your files for print using the default colour profile Adobe RGB 1998. Our machines are calibrated daily with our own in-house colour profiles, so you’ll still get excellent results with the default profile. You’ll need to save your files off at 300 dpi at the desired print size (with any borders added).

For the colour connoisseurs amongst you (we love you guys at theprintspace), download our colour profiles and load them into Photoshop to soft-proof your images on each of our 11 different paper types. We even offer a free screen calibration service, so just bring your screen down to theprintspace and we can geek out together!

Our print studio also has 4 private retouching booths, featuring the latest, fully loaded Mac Pros with Photoshop and Capture One Pro and calibrated Eizo monitors. Please call to book to avoid disappointment.

More printing tips

We also have a detailed printing help and advice section, that goes into much more detail on everything from how to soft proof your images in Photoshop to how to set up the professional digital dark room, and also simple step-by-step guides on all our services, including how to order prints online and how to use our new e-commerce software for selling art online.

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We only print on the finest papers, with top brand names such as Hanhemulle, Kodak & Fuji Film Professional. A sample pack is the best way to see how they look and feel. Only £5 plus VAT!

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